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Online Learning

At Dodge City Community College, we recognize that higher education doesn’t always mean sitting in a classroom. That’s why we offer online learning opportunities so that you can to do part of your learning from the comfort of your home.

DCCC Delivery Types

At Dodge City Community College, we use a learning management system called Canvas to offer you flexibility in working toward your certificate or degree. You could take courses:

  • Face-to-Face – in a traditional classroom
  • HyFlex – use technology to attend face-to-face classes remotely
  • Hybrid – use a mixture of Canvas and face-to-face classroom time to learn. You will be online with Canvas for 40-60% of your learning experience.
  • Online – in a Canvas classroom

Some of you may need SARA to help you complete your certificate or degree.

What is SARA and How Does that Impact Me?

SARA stands for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. It’s basically an agreement among states, districts and territories that allows courses to flow back and forth across borders as long as they meet the standards. If Dodge City Community College doesn’t have a physical location in a state, then it must abide by that state’s guidelines to offer the course in that state. It is intended to make it easier for you to take online course offerings by another college/university in another state.

Dodge City Community College is new to SARA and has been approved at this time through the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR).

Kansas was approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) on November 16, 2014, to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). https://nc-sara.org/ or see http://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/sara for more information.

Dodge City Community College provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification for all relevant programs to the US Department of Education.

Professional licensure requirements may vary state to state

States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure or certification functions. Some states require individuals to graduate from an approved program. Others require individuals to meet the requirements of a national organization. Specific amounts of training may also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite score. Additionally, certain licensed professionals may be required to complete continuing education annually to maintain licensure or certification.

Disclosures based on student location

Dodge City Community College identifies your location based on your college application. Relocating to another state prior to completing your program may affect state licensure requirements. You are advised to contact your program to discuss licensure and certification eligibility requirements. Following relocation, you must update you address by emailing or contacting the Office of Student Records. DCCC will not consider you formally relocated until we receive your notification.

What all students in licensure programs should do

If you live and/or work outside of the United States, you should confirm with the appropriate licensing or certifying agency whether successful completion of any program at DCCC will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment prior to enrolling at DCCC.

Review specific academic requirements for the program in which you are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internships, as well as pre-qualifications for licensure, such as the need for a criminal background check.

Contact the applicable licensure board(s) in your state of residence or in the state where you intend to obtain a license before beginning a program that results in licensure or certification and prior to beginning any practicum/internship.

Many licensing and certifying boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license or certification. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, which can impact the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Here is a Complaint Form if you need to submit a complaint.

Online Courses

Our online courses are designed to be taught using the internet. These courses feature 100% online instruction where students and instructors have no face-to-face contact.

Because there are no scheduled sessions in a classroom, success in these courses requires self-discipline. Online coursework provides tremendous flexibility in scheduling; however, most courses still include very rigid project due dates.

Since coursework is provided through the internet only, access to appropriate technology is essential.

College credit earned through online courses transfer to other colleges just like traditional on-campus courses.

DC3’s online courses are offered through two different sites: EDUKAN and Canvas. Once you have completed the admissions process and received your login information, you may use MyDC3Web to help you access these platforms.

EDUKAN

With growing concerns about our students staying on track with their studies, many parents are asking about the quality of education that their child will receive online. While going online for college classes is a change for many, it is not new and is a very acceptable way for students to look to as an alternative to achieving their goals.

Our consortia partner, EDUKAN, is a pioneer online and was founded in 1998, by a group of community colleges in Kansas. Since then, EDUKAN has helped thousands of students each year around the globe achieve their goals be it taking one or all classes needed for their journey. EDUKAN offers online, accredited courses that offer students flexibility with scheduling, embedded learning materials, low-cost tuition and more from their award-winning institution. Find out more about EDUKAN online by visiting EDUKAN.EDU.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses have a substantial amount of coursework and content online but also include scheduled, face-to-face class time. Students in these classes spend less time in the classroom and more time online than traditional classroom courses.

Like online courses, credits transfer to other colleges just like traditional courses.

Find which courses are offered in a hybrid format by going to our Advanced Course Search and choosing Hybrid Courses from the Campus option. After you’ve determined that your courses are available, you can enroll for hybrid courses.

For more information about online or hybrid courses, speak with your DC3 advisor or contact the Online and Outreach department:

Jodi Rust

Assistant Vice President of Online and Outreach Learning

Technology Specifications:

Online courses are offered through Canvas. You will need a laptop (desktops are better) no older than 5 years old. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas works best on the Chrome Browser and uses Google or Office 365 products. Canvas can accommodate low bandwidth environments, but the minimum internet speed is 512kbps.

For the best performance, Canvas should be used on the most current release of Chrome (85 and 86), Firefox (80 and 81), Edge (85 and 86), or Safari (13 and 14; Mac Users). Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

A mobile/smart phone can be used to check Canvas announcements, assignment due dates, or participate in discussions. You will need to download the mobile app and browsers. Please know that some features of Canvas will be inaccessible on your phone. Most of your work should be completed on your laptop/desktop.

For more details, go to:  Canvas Browser and Computer Requirements

Access to Technology:

  • Desktop computers are available for use on campus in the library/LRC, Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC) and the Tech Lab.
  • Laptops are available through checkout through IT. Contact mwebster@dc3.edu.
  • Funds may be available for you to purchase educational technology. Contact finaid@dc3.edu.